GAME PREVIEW: vs. Kansas State

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Kansas Jayhawks (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) get set for their ninth game of the 2019 season this week, as they prepare to host the No. 22/25 Kansas State Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., on FS1.

Saturday’s Dillons Sunflower Showdown is the 117th in the team’s history, which currently stands as the fourth longest uninterrupted series in FBS history. Kansas holds the series lead between the two schools at 65-46-5, including a 37-19-2 record when the game is played in Lawrence.

The Jayhawks are coming off a Homecoming victory over Texas Tech, 37-34, where Kansas tallied 527 total yards of offense, including 415 through the air. The game is the third this season that the Jayhawks compiled 500 or more yards in a game, which hasn’t been done since 2009, and is the first time since 2007 that the Jayhawks went for 500+ yards against conference opponents in back-to-back weeks.

Following the victory, senior quarterback Carter Stanley and junior kicker Liam Jones were recognized by the Big 12 for their efforts, with Stanley being named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Jones being named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. Stanley completed 26-of-37 passes for 415 yards and three touchdowns, while he also ran for a score. Jones connected on his first-career game-winning field goal as time expired, giving Kansas its first Homecoming win since 2009.

Ahead of Saturday’s in-state matchup with Kansas State head coach Les Miles met with the media.


Kansas State Wildcats (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) at Kansas Jayhawks (3-5, 1-4 Big 12) 

Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium

Listen: Jayhawk Radio Network

Watch: FS1

  • Cory Provus (PxP), Shane Vereen (A), Petros Papadakis (A), Mike Principato (P), Daren Foster (D), Andy Cavanaugh (AD)



In their come-from-behind victory over Texas Tech, the Jayhawks overcame a 17-point deficit to start the game and a 13-point deficit in the second half to take down the Red Raiders on Homecoming. It was the first time that KU overcame either deficit in a win since Nov. 6, 2010, when Kansas overcame a 28-point deficit to beat Colorado.


Over the last three games, junior wide receiver Stephon Robinson Jr., has combined to haul in 18 receptions for 384 yards and six touchdowns. Robinson’s six receiving touchdowns over the last three games are the most in the FBS over that span, as Robinson has helped propel the Jayhawk offense to new heights.


The big victory against Texas Tech on Homecoming came behind another stellar performance by the KU offense, which registered its third 500+ yard game of the season, tallying 527 yards, 415 of which came through the air. Kansas’ third 500+ yard offensive performance is the first of such feat since 2009, and the first in back-to-back conference games since 2007.


Senior quarterback Carter Stanley has found his groove within the Kansas offense, setting career highs in nearly every passing category this season, including a career-high 19 passing touchdowns which ranks fourth in Kansas history. The only other Kansas quarterback to throw more touchdowns in a season is Jayhawk great Todd Reesing. Over the last three games, Stanley has completed 71-of-112 (63.3%) for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns, with his 10 passing touchdowns ranking fourth in the NCAA over that span.

Leading Passer: Carter Stanley (155/241, 1,900 yds, 19 TD, 5 INT)
Leading Rusher: Pooka Williams Jr. (136 att, 704 yds, 3 TD)
Leading Receiver: Andrew Parchment (42 rec, 614 yds, 6 TD)
Leading Tackler: Bryce Torneden (53 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Azur Kamara (3.5 sacks)
Leading Interception: Najee Stevens-McKenzie (2 interceptions)

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Leading Passer: Skylar Thompson (98/161, 1,207 yds, 7 TD, 1 INT
Leading Rusher: James Gilbert (100 att, 558 yds, 5 TD)
Leading Receiver: Dalton Schoen (23 rec, 322 yds, 3 TD)
Leading Tackler: Denzel Goolsby (34 tackles)
Leading Sacks: Wyatt Hubert (4.0 sacks)
Leading Interception: AJ Parker (3 interceptions)

Overall: Kansas leads, 65-46-5

In Lawrence: Kansas leads, 37-19-2

Current Streak: Kansas State won 10

Longest KU Win Streak: 10

Last 10: 0-10

Under Les Miles: 0-0

First Meeting: Oct. 4, 1902 (W, 16-0)

Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2018 (L, 17-21)

Most Kansas points: 55 (Nov. 1, 1947)

Most Kansas State points: 64 (Nov. 2, 2002)